The decoration of the palace was overseen by the German architect Eckart Muthesius from 1930 to 1933. Major artists and designers from France, Germany and Britain contributed to the project.
The design is inspired by Pre-Columbian Central American motifs, which he used regularly in his design work. All the symbols that he used seem to represent a magical or mysterious language that tries to communicate with the original tribal culture. It is as if da Silva wanted to find the original roots of the culture, through their motifs.
the classical aspect of this design could possibly have been a compromise worked out by da Silva with the original commissioner of the carpet, a compromise that he was willing to accept in order not to lose the lucrative commission for this oversized carpet.
The carpet was probably commissioned by either an institution, or ordered by a company for a conference room, or even possibly an ocean liner, and could have been in collaboration with Leleu, as he was regularly commissioned to deal with large orders such as these.
Boiceau did not have a particularly distinctive design style as he produced commission work purely for a small selective clientele. His designs were varied and could include geometrical, classical, minimalist or traditional motifs.
Boiceau has about thirty different carpet designs accredited to his name. They are now extremely rare and highly collectible. Boiceau also produced a number of designed pieces of furniture.
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